Lady Bird

Lady Bird ★★★★½

A defeatist version of the teenage comedy and a more millennial take on the tumultuous experience of puberty. With an apparently effortless charm, Gerwig manages to embrace the viewer and immerse us in her nostalgic worldview, articulated without any kind of artifice; just with warmth and a wonderful sensitivity. It's cute and funny, but there is a core sense of tender–though uncompromising–honesty that invites the occasional melancholic sigh or complicit smile through the simplest of daily lives. The character of Lady Bird isn't an especially likeable heroine, and everyone around her is deeply flawed, but Gerwig's empathetic direction brings them to life so indelibly, so passionately as to make it feel like your own hometown, with all its quirks, charisma, and disappointments.

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